Does David Lee Roth’s new song signal the end of his Van Halen run?

Does David Lee Roth’s new song signal the end of his Van Halen run?

David Lee Roth photoVan Halen‘s frontman David Lee Roth has released a new song entitled “Ain’t No Christmas.”

There has been speculation that this song signals the end of Roth‘s tenure with Van Halen and especially with reports that Sammy Hagar is open to perhaps reuniting once again with the Van Halen brothers.

Van Halen Rising book author Greg Renoff has stated the following on his website upon analyzing the song’s lyrics: “Last week, David Lee Roth released a new episode of his web series, The Roth Show, over at his new website. As usual, it featured Roth’s unique brand of stream-of-consciousness commentary. But Roth also offered up some new songs, including this somber acoustic number, “Ain’t No Christmas.” I’d urge you to take a couple minutes to listen to it, because my take is that the lyrics provide a commentary on Roth’s recent months with Van Halen and perhaps a window into the future of Van Halen.”

“Ain’t No Christmas” by David Lee Roth:

Sure looked good on paper, once upon a lie.
Happily never after, and I’m not OK to drive.
You and me both, speaking the language of dreams.
Now it’s dark glasses on a sleepless night, ain’t no Christmas for me.

David Lee Roth photo 2Let’s put the pin back in this one, and say we both survived.
Last blank space on the map, I think we’ve arrived.
Headway or getaway, makes no difference to me.
This side or the other, ain’t no Christmas for me.

Shakespeare’s heroes all drink ale, his villains all drink beer.
I had to drink something bitter, or I wouldn’t be here.
Have a pitcher full of pity, a shot of possibility,
Tall cool glass of nothing else, make no difference to me.
Dark glasses on a sleepless night, ain’t no Christmas for me.

[spoken] Here’s where the narrative changes.

Only hurts when I’m awake, that you can believe.
Yeah, I’d do it all again, just not for free.
If love’s a collect call, why-why’s it always for me?
Quittin’ while you’re ahead ain’t quittin’, and I’m quittin’.

Locals-only naked city, and the visit ain’t free.
Was the pear on the ground, not the apple in the tree?
Give me a pitcher full of pity, and a shot of possibility.
This side or the other, ain’t no Christmas for me.
No Christmas, ain’t gonna be no Christmas
Ain’t no Christmas for me.
Ain’t no Christmas for me.
Not this year.